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on in afghanistan reconstruction contract. after that, harry reid announces that they said it will cancel the july 4 recess to continue budget negotiations. charles speaks of the national press club tomorrow. live coverage is here at 1:00 a.m. eastern. the last space shuttle launch is scheduled for friday july 8. >> i have huge trust in the united states of america. i have read this over and over. i have huge faith in democracy and the democratic process. >> learn more about christine lagarde. she is one of the 15,000 people you can search and watch. watch what you want when you want it. gates was presented the presidential medal of freedom today. the first defense secretary to serve as republican and democrat said at a ceremony. >> ladies and gentlemen, the vice-president of the united states. [airplane overhead] >> ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the official party and remain standing as honors are rendered. ladies and gentlemen, the and the host for today's tribute, barack obama. >> please be seated. ♪ ladies and gentlemen, sec. gates was awarded the honor for civilian service. and the u
.org/history. >> yesterday, a senate homeland security subcommittee on contract oversight looked at afghanistan reconstruction contracts. witnesses include contractors to receive money from the u.s. agency for international development and the army corps of engineers as well as defense department and usaid officials. missouri democratic senator clear ms. castle -- clare mccaskill chaired the two-hour hearing. if the witnesses have become -- i have a formal statement prepared but i have decided not to give a formal opening statement. and just express the reason for this hearing. this is not the first hearing we have had in the subcommittee on contract thing in our contingency operation. and i began working on this problem almost the day i wrought -- arrived in the senate. when i travel to iraq to do nothing but look at contracting oversight because i couldn't figure out how in the world things had gotten so out of control in terms of contacting in iraq. i went over to iraq and i realized why they had gotten out of control. contract and representatives were just a low man on the total bowl being
contributor. yet, yet, i hope to talk to him about a less contentious issue than that, like afghanistan. all right. ( laughter ) what a show. we're going to start with something that i found on the tv box this morning that was maybe one of the greatest things i've ever seen in my life. >> mark halperin. what was the president's strategy? >> are we in the seven-second delay today? >> oh, lordy. >> i want to characterize how i thought the president behaved. >> we have it. we can use it, right, alex? >> yeah, sure, come on. >> go for it. >> i thought he was kind of a dick yesterday. ( laughter ) >> jon: mark halperin, senior political analyst, editor at large of "time" magazine just called the president a dick. and that wasn't like a spontaneous, like, can't contain myself, you lie! like this one, you guys have a delay because i'm going to call the president a dick. now, people can argue whether that's appropriate, whether halperin crossed some sort of line, whether or not journalism has lost its professionalism. personally i could give a ( bleep ). that horse left the barn years and years ago.
and reconstruction in afghanistan. the great majority of which has been channeled through private contractors. we know from experience in bosnia in the 1990's and more recently in iraq that a reduction in troop levels as not mean a drop in contractor activity. in some cases, it is a matter of increase. there has been increase reliance on contractors to fulfill the logistical roles once performed by the military in those instances. eventually, the contractor presence will also decrease as we move support of large-scale off-budget scanned it -- spending to more direct to the afghan government directly. this is why our reconstruction strategy must focus on insuring that afghans can sustain what we have helped build. how many additional schools and health, as we can construct, but also that there are teachers and health care officials to sustain those institutions. whether afghans have the resources and expertise to manage the long-term operation and maintenance of power plants. on a related note, as we encourage more contracting with local afghan firms under the afghan first policy, we must consider
of taxpayer funds is being properly spent given where we are in afghanistan and is all the more important. let's go to this specific project, a free could, that you discussed with the chair. the 64-mile highway, it will reach $776 million. the cost overruns have not exceeded 100%. i do not know if that is accurate or not. that is the way i read the numbers. in your testimony, you attributing this to the security environment. you responded to this shares questions about the security environment. what is the cost overrun excluding security costs. >> let me clarify it in little bit. that was our estimate we thought at the time it would cost to build that road. the bids that came in and the firm that won the contract came in at $85 million to $86 million. that was the starting point for us of the construction, not counting security for the construction management. from our perspective, the construction starting point is about $85 million to $86 million. when you include security and the construction management, if it was about $107 million. the $85 million to $86 million bid by the construction fi
, in the cases of two men who died in cia custody, one in iraq and one in afghanistan, there is enough evidence to warrant a full criminal investigation. the department of justice says it agrees with those findings, and it will begin that criminal investigation. nearly a decade after the government put the cia secretly into the business of holding prisoners offshore, five years after the president of the united states admitted to the country that we were doing that, the treatment of two prisoners of the dozens held in that system, will be investigated. the other 99 cases, case closed. >>> earlier today, the top republican in the senate, mitch mcconnell, formally invited president obama to come up to >>> earlier today, the top republican in the senate, mitch mcconnell, formally invited president obama to come up to capitol hill and talk things over with senators. come have lunch with us, let's talk. invitation came at 10:45 eastern time this morning. an hour and a half later, with the republican invitation still out, still pending, out came senate democrats to call the republican offer to the pr
in many senior positions at the post in washington and abroad and has covered pakistan and afghanistan extensively, so we are happy to have both of them tonight. after the ambassador's opening remarks, he and kuran will have a conversation before opening it to q&a with the audience, so please come and join me in welcoming the ambassador haqqani and karen de young. [applause] >> thank you very much, patricia, for the kind introduction. of course when i possessed to come here nobody was paying attention to pakistan. nothing gets set about pakistan in the media so when not use this to be a book to communicate and find another excuse to be on c-span. [laughter] some of their for coming here i am. it's a pleasure to see secretary mikhail so it is a pleasure seeing you and thank you for the help and cooperation you offered here and a distinguished audience many of whom i probably know tools you how close i am but i would like to welcome my deputy, the embassy if pakistan is very lucky to have a woman as the second-in-command. we have had to women ambassadors which is a better score than most
operatives in yemen and somalia than all of afghanistan. >> you they very well be right about the numbers. a formal affiliation with the call core in the tribal areas. these groups have always seen some strength in the alliances. where you see instability in places like libya and yemen and syria, you worry about al qaeda and its affiliates. in chaos, they can take advantage of that situation, those ungoverned spaces to recruit, train and plan. so all of these governments in chaos represent a threat for us. >> there's a new head of the international counterterrorism center. what do you know about matt olson? >> he's a career guy. he's worked across different disciplines. he served both at the fbi then and also later at the justice department and the national security decision. well respected by law enforcement, gained some national security and intelligence experience over at the department. don't know about his relationship with the president, but that's less important than the counterterrorism center. as a career official, heel have that. so he's probably a pretty good choice. >> a follo
, in afghanistan, we helped drive the soviets out of there. we pulled out of there in 89, 90 91. we know what happened in the next 10 years, the people in expwafg in terms of 9/11. i don't think we want to go through that again. if that means we have to keep 100,000 troops there forever, it's a war that was underresourced under president bush. president obama did the right thing, i think, in surging there and i think we can draw down as long as we do so responsibly. it's not easy, though, and there's no one solution for each part of the world, obviously. but we can't turn our backs on the world, jon. i know you would like to. i don't want to fight a strawman here. >> jon: i'm very fond of the world. ( laughter ) i don't want people to get hurt-- >> and the world is very fond of you. >> jon: right now, the military and military families are bearing an overwhelming weight of these wars, and it's not fair what they're going through, and i just feel like we have to come up way whole new strategy, that's all. ( applause ) i'm always happy to have you on the show. >> i agree with the last statement
's got to step in? i've been here. i've been doing afghanistan and bin laden and -- the greek crisis. >> he has a point, if you go by the number of bills passed. through the first hall of this year, 2011, how many bills become law? 18. 15 of those laws named a building after somebody, extended an expiring law or appointed an official to the smithsonian institute. counting all them, 18 laws, this year's not so big number. >>> up next, kansas is inching closer to an all-out ban on abortion. the state approve as new set of regulations critics say is aimed at shutting down all abortion clinics. all three of them in the state. we're hear from both sides. >>> you're watching "hardball" on msnbc. i made. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement insurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to 80% of your part b expenses. if you're already on or eligible for medicare, call now to find out how an aarp... medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare i
still in iraq and afghanistan, he has a rough road ahead. he told military families they are on the top of his agenda. >>> steven colbert started a superpac. it's part of a spoof on campaign finance laws but the hearing is real. he can use his show to produce ads. >> i'm reminded as we stand here of the pilgrims who on this very spot, but in massachusetts, filed their papers to form clement pack, to be free of the tyranny of king george who refused to allow a single corporate on u.s. presidential elections. >> i don't remember that from my history book. today in washington, republicans are taking things personally. hitting back at the president who laid into them for planning to go home next week on break instead of working on a budget deal. >> so maybe if he would take a valume and come down and talk, it might be helpful. >> it's the kind of language you expect from a leader of a third world country, not the president of the united states. >> frankly, he should be embarrassed. unfortunately, the threshold of embarrassment here in washington is different than the rest of the world. >> i
afghanistan which is clearly driven not by general petraeus but by general plouffe. not by the aims and necessities of the war but of a political campaign. this has got to send a message to our enemies which is dangerous for the united states. add this on top. the president was behind the power curve when the spring revolutions brock out throughout the mideast. now he's demonstrating how tone-deaf he is by this action today. jeer either in a war or we're not. -- >> we are either in a war or we're not. the zigzagging policy is putting the united states at a distinct disadvantage. today we saw attorney general holder's justice department is move forwarding with criminal investigations, based on the cia interrogations, in particular two detainees that happened to die in cia custody. when i read that with other criminal investigations that are ongoing of some other cia operatives that took part in some of these interrogations. this administration is fighting more aggressively our own patriots than our enemies. >> this is mystifying why the attorney general has vendetta again the cia for
in custody, one in iraq and the other in afghanistan. leading analysts say the endless scrutiny and threat of lit gigs that hung over the heads of the cia interrogators could be a risk in the future at a time when they need to taken morris beings because the threat has become more diversified spreading to al-qaida franchises in yemen, somalia and the homegrown component. >> we want our national security and terrorist professionals not to be looking over their shoulders. i think it has been demoralizing for these folks. >> reporter: in a statement released late last night the acl aorbgs said senior administration officials under the previous administration should have been pursued as well. for a period of several years and with the approval of the bush administrations most serious officials the cia operated an interrogation program that subjected prisoners to unimaginable cruelty. and vie lighted both international and domestic law. their position is they should have put the managers and the people who signed it under the microscope and none the interrogators. gretchen: we will talk to a le
the supply lines to afghanistan run through pakistan. >> stephen: who cares, that war is unwinnable. >> stephen: yes, but without their help, we can't keep fighting it. >> stephen: the point is, they are a nuclear power therefore we need their friendship. >> stephen: friendship, they funded the mumbai attacks much. the times square bombing was planned in pakistan. and they sold nuclear technology to iran and north korea in the '90s. >> stephen: oh, the '90s. let's stay angry about furbies an parachute pants. look, we need to give them an ultimatum. stop supporting terror or no more aid. >> stephen: easy now, buddy. this is a partnership, just like you and me. we're partners. but that doesn't mean you get to decide who my other friends are. >> stephen: i just think jill's a pitch. >> stephen: we're not having this conversation again. >> stephen: the point is, some of my other friends like to do things that you don't like to do. like skiing, or trying to kill you. >> stephen: but that has nothing to do with our friendship. >> stephen: wait, one of your friends wants to kill me? >> ste
you could walk down lover lane holding your own hand. field hospitals in afghanistan. to improve survival chances for u.s. troops. gates is upset he's leaving the repeal of don't ask, don't tell to his successor but last not president obama says it's all but a done deal. >> in a matter of weeks, not months, i expect to certify the change in policy and end don't ask, don't tell. >> gates is still defense secretary until tomorrow morning when leon panetta is sworn in. at the pentagon, molly henneberg, fox news. >> bret: eric holder says a criminal investigation is looking into the deaths of two people who died in u.s. custody in iraq and afghanistan. a inquiry in c.i.a. interrogation practices found two deaths warranted criminal probes. ap says one of the victims died in 2002 in kabul and the other in 2003 in iraq z. >>> still to come, we'll hear from local journalists on the 2012 race but first, what >> bret: welcome back to a hot windy day in des moines. its like a hair dryer. one of the reasons we came to iowa was to see how the presidential race is playing with people among the
budget' get u.s. troops out of afghanistan and out of iraq and speaking of iraq, june has been the deadliest month for u.s. troops in iraq in two years. a fact not lost on the new secretary of defense. >>> a few minutes away from this. barbara, leon panetta will do things his own way and a little bit different. i love this. he is going to bring his golden retriever to work. >> reporter: there is bravo, the wonder dog, who we will introduce everyone to i'm sure the coming weeks and months. bravo is an absolutely gorgeous golden retriever! you see him there with panetta and mrs. panetta at a ceremony. this is just the world's most gorgeous dog! bravo went to staff meetings at the cia, around the secret hallways with the director when panetta was there. he is described by cia operatives as the only dog in washington with a top secret clearance. >> he is a bomb sniffing dog? >> can he do anything cool because he's a cia dog? >> reporter: not that we know of. other than sit around and wag his tail and look at you with these incredible big brown eyes. >> this is all fun and games unt
say, get those troops out of both afghanistan and iraq and just consider this and iraq, the month of june that has just passed was the most deadly troops in iraq in the last two years. even as that war supposedly winding down, still very deadly and lethal for u.s. troops, as is afghanistan, far from over. >> barbara starr at the pentagon. >>> bill clinton weighing in on the presidential campaign in a one-on-one interview with wolf blitzer. he asked clinton if he fr talks to president obama about re-elected. >> not a lot. he's got plenty to do. he's had to deal -- he's got the afghanistan problem, libya problem, a whole range of other issues. if they want me to do something, i talk. >> you wait for a phone call. >> absolutely. i don't think i should. he knows i support in general what he's trying to do. i'm out here trying to explain it to people, but he's got a good team. you know, i talk to gene sperling from time to time. >> he worked for you? >> he did. he's a good man. i talked to joe biden last week about some of these economic issues, but i think it's important, you know, no
. mitt romney is going to have the questions. we had this earlier on foreign policy, afghanistan. where he said something in the debate. then it was cleaned up. then it really wasn't cleaned up. a question about whether the united states should have gone in afghanistan. should be fighting. this is going to be the thing that dogs him everywhere he goes. every time he opens his mouth. a problem. for a candidate you want to speak and talk loosely like john mccain did in 2008. mitt romney is nev going to get that because people are so focused on it. >> bret: charles? >> right. for a man that is already extremely dispalestinianed he has to be unbelievably disciplined and repeat the same phrases everywhere he goes. evidence time he changes a wording there is a nuance. he will be accused of changes his mind. what he talked about, obama made stuff worse for unm employment and the misery index if you like in the country. that is what he is talking about saying it's worse. he says the recovery is the weakest, one could imagine, much, much weaker. than villaraigos reagan recovere early '80s. the s
of his bipartisan awards, actually. i was pretty proud of that. >> let's talk about afghanistan, one of the hot wars and the fact that we had the bombing, the attack against the intercontinental in kabul which is a real signal from the taliban and network they can go to a target right in the heart of the capital. if the karzai forces we've been training up can't defend -- they responded well in the emergency, we're told, but if they can't respond in kabul, isn't that a signal it's going to be a long haul, and maybe there is no legacy end of the tunnel? >> i think the reset of our afghan policy last week by the president was correct. i think it was long in coming. i was never a fan of the surge or the counterinsurgency doctrine. karzai is not a willing partner. last week this mumbai style shooting attack, it could have been worse. i would give the afghans a little credit, but it was staged by the hakani gnat wornetwork, protected group, protected by the pakistani government. that group comes over the border regularly, kills our troops and obviously now is prepared to shoot at big targ
in afghanistan reached 64 today-- most of them americans-- with two more soldiers killed in the south. and 20 afghan civilians died when a roadside bomb blew up the bus they were riding. meanwhile, the coalition said tuesday's deadly attack on a kabul hotel was the work of the haqqani network. the group has ties to al-qaeda and the taliban. a leader of that network was killed in a nato air strike last night. defense secretary robert gates got a ceremonial send-off his last day on the job. president obama and the outgoing joint chiefs chairman admiral mike mullen joined hundreds of others on the parade ground outside the pentagon, to mark the occasion. the president awarded gates the medal of freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. and the secretary joked it had been a secret to rival the raid on osama bin laden. >> i'm deeply honored and moved by your presentation of this award. it is a big surprise, but we should have known a couple of months ago, you're getting pretty good at this covert ops stuff. ( laughter ) >> sreenivasan: gates served four and a half years as defense secretary, s
in afghanistan at salt pit prison in 2002 and that of an iraqi prisoner killed in abu ghraib in 2003. in a statement leon panetta acknowledged the investigations and made it a point to mention that the justice department also dropped over 100 minor cases of abuse. he said i welcome the news that the broader inquiries are behind us. we are finally about to close this chapter of our agency's history. yesterday the senate confirmed david petraeus as leon panetta's replacement at cia. panetta moves into robert gates' position as secretary of defense today. secretary gates in an elaborate pentagon ceremony yesterday paid tribute by president obama. the president calling gates a humble american patriot. surprised him with the medal of freedom. the country's highest civilian honor. an emotional gates said he was humbled by the award calling his service to the country a privilege. >> i'm deeply honored and moved by your presentation of this award. it is a big surprise but we should have known a couple of months ago you are pretty good at this covert ops stuff. >>> it has been one day since p
has laid out his troop withdrawal from afghanistan. these are two topics this week. first, let's talk about congress and what they have in front of them. they don't get the holiday this time around. you have one senator in to talk about it. >> we'll have john cornyn, a republican out of texas. he's going to join us to talk about how they move closer at the negotiating table. the senate is cutting their 4th of july recess short. we're going to talk to him about whether there's any room for negotiation and the fact he has a position that may slip him from the leadership. it will be interesting to see how he comes down on tax loopholes and whether that counts as adding revenue. he will be exclusive with us on sunday. >> that's interesting. they have been holding together on that. let's talk about afghanistan. you'll be focusing on that as well. >> we're going to have two senators from the armed services committee. joe leiberman from connecticut and lindsey graham from south carolina. they are going to be traveling overseas. we'll check in with them live from the middle east to talk about
the draw down in afghanistan, coincidentally timed with the election cycle and when he announced the surge in afghanistan he simultaneously announced a date for withdrawal to placate the left wing of his party and he's the campaigner in chief with all the words but when it comes to actual ruts and willingness to lead -- results and willness to lead but when it comes time to take action, he's missing. martha: he'll be talking about, i suppose, in the coming months. gregg: whitey bulger is accused of killing at least 19 people while ruling boston's under world with a tough fist, i pricey ride to court for a man who had $800,000 stashed in his apartment. martha: a spectator in the casey anthony trial, part of the action, a gesture that landed him six days in jail. >> do you recognize the individual contained on the photograph, sir. who is it. >> this is me. >> and what is that symbol that you are projecting with your fingers? >> using my middle finger. [ female announcer ] love that freshly colored look? now you don't have to wait six weeks to get it. natural instincts now comes with a new co
the economy was -- but really, we have the sound bite. >> susan page, remember the comment about afghanistan during the debate. it feels like it's almost as if we're going to find out, well, he misspoke. well, that's -- you know, right now, this is not hurting him too much but over time, this could accumulate. >> going right to a core vulnerability for mitt romney. all the flip-flops we saw last time around on social issue. he cannot afford to be someone as changing positions. if michele bachmann said something -- >> susan page, eugene robinson, richard wolff. we're coming back. you get to say something right after the break. i promise. >>> this is "hardball." two segment analysts. only on msnbc. okies goodbye. new newtons fruit thins. real blueberries and blueberry brown sugar... crispy whole grain. newtons fruit thins, one unique cookie. challenge that with olay regenerist night elixir. its gentle glycolic formula resurfaces at night for the smooth skin of a light chemical peel. sleep tight. regenerist, from olay. >>> the republican presidential field is adding yet another candidate. five-
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winding down wars in afghanistan and iraq and managing the conflict in libya as well as dealing with calls of cuts in defense spending eechl replace robert gates who is retiring after four plus years on the jobs. those are your headlines. >> most americans get the extended holiday weekend. most americans return to work on tuesday. congress usually gets a week and a half to two weeks off. they take a nice long recess. it's not going to happen this time because the president and congress are going to be trying to work through some of these debt deals. senate majority leader harry reid saying no to the recess. >> that's right. they're going to continue these debt talks, as you all know, the deadline is august 2nd. president suggesting, though on thursday they need a deal by july 27th to get legislation out. here's what they said about the president on thursday. >> if maybe he would take a valium and calm down, it might be helpful. >> a valium. a valium in case you missed that. >> they have been going after each other, everybody in washington. the president said i've been here, let's get back
on the plan to withdraw 30,000 troops from afghanistan by september, 2012. and after that, dan iannicola of the financial literacy group talks about financial service providers. plus your emails, phone calls and tweets. washington journal, live saturday at 7:00 a.m. eastern here on c-span. >> tune in to c-span this independence day. writer misme lind and other panelists discuss if the united states can remain ninalted. >> at the political level, we're more divided. if you look at partisan polarization than at any point since the civil war in reconstruction. >> then the dalai lama and sister helen prajean talk about religion, violence and the death penalty and nixon white house insiders discuss his presidency's foreign policy. this monday, july 4, beginning at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. for the complete schedule of programs and times go to c-span.org. this fourth of july three-day weekend on american history tv on c-span three. we'll visit the smithsonian museum of natural history to learn about a 19th century u.s. government expedition to circumnavigate the globe and their treasure, 4
will be general david petraeus, the current commander of u.s. forces in afghanistan. >>> michael vick has a sponsor once again here, that being nike. the philadelphia eagles' controversial quarterback has signed an endorsement deal. while nike said they don't condone vick's past mistakes, they support the positive chains he's made to better himself off the field. nike severed ties with vick back in 2007 over his involvement in that dogfighting ring. >>> now this -- >> very scary, especially when there's thousands of people that travel every day, especially what happened 9/11. >> it's not great, i know it, because anybody can go through it. >> well, one man did go through it, allegedly boarding a plane in new york without a proper boarding pass, and an invalid i.d. and trying to do it once again in los angeles. so, how did this passenger get through airport security twice that we know of? that's coming up. >>> we first told you about this story just yesterday. allegedly this man was able to fly from new york all the way to los angeles on a virgin america flight without a proper boarding pa
request to pay tribute to the country's combat role in afghanistan. >> i'm really excited. yeah. >> reporter: canada rolled out the red carpet for these royals. spectators, young and old, showed up for a glimpse of the glamorous pair. some waiting more than six hours. and kate's fashion influence filled the crowd. how important is she as a fashion icon? >> pretty important. >> pretty important. >> reporter: from fascinators to a tennis dress, and of course there were plenty of flowers for a potential future queen. >> she bent down and chatted with you, didn't she? >> she asked us what's our name. and she said the flowers were very pretty. >> reporter: would you like to look like her when you're grown up? >> yes. >> reporter: william and kate's trip reminded more than a few here of another royal couple, prince chalks and diana visited the country in 1983 just a couple of years after they married. >> i was here covering charles and diana's trip to ottawa and william was just a baby at that time. so for me, it's quite poignant to come here, seeing him now married and representing h
need to refocus our energy in afghanistan to go after al qaeda. we are going after al qaeda. we have taken out their leadership. because of our progress and the extraordinary sacrifice up our troops, we are propelling the commitment i made at the start to reduce our troops starting this month so that afghans can start taking responsibility for their own security and we can start rebuilding right here at home. [applause] it is time to start rebuilding here at home. it is time for nation-building right here. we live in a world where america is facing stiff competition for good jobs from rapidly growing nations like china, india, and brazil. for a long time, we were told that the best way to win that competition was to undermine consumer protection, undermine clean air and clean water laws, hand out tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires. that was the idea that helped for close to a decade. -- held sway or close to a decade. it did not work out very well. if you look at our history, it has never worked out real well. -- very well. america was built on the hard work and ingenuity of
about fraud in afghanistan, iraq, pakistan, and now the congress wants us, after giving away our jobs, not fair trade, free trade agreements -- now they want to go back and give them away with korea. i cannot believe the direction that this country has gone in. we keep talking about corporate tax rates. that is the key word. "rate." they are not paying 35%. they are paying 4%, 6%, 9%, and i am making up the difference. the irs is after a relative of mine who lost their job. they owe them $5,000. karzei and his brother have walked off with billions of dollars and our congress cannot seem to stop it. guest: well, there is a lot there. obviously, a lot of these countries, and it is very disappointing to see fraud and hopefully over time it will go down, i do not want to make any excuses for it because there are no excuses for that activity. a lot of these countries do not have the same developed a rule of law that we have over here. even in our country, there have been instances of fraud and bribery and things like that. there were huge problems in its new jersey and in the past. in illi
for every truth that we have in afghanistan. something people are recognizing, that the defense has got to be a part of this. and secretary gates basically has played a shell game. you're giving him too much credit. he said let's spend more on the state department, but he didn't want to take any from defense. where did he think he was going to get it? he never did, he, for example, in 2008, he presented what he thought would be his last budget to congress, the 2009 budget on the bush administration. he said by 2012, we'll need about $543 billion in the base budget. you know what he asked for this year? $553 billion, that's after he pretended to make all these cuts. >> what kind of leadership do you think is needed and could be expected in order to get this done. republicans are touting their issues of fiscal issues, and there's a question whether the fiscal gains could be culled from the defense issue. and especially in the last decade. >> i think you're seeing a return to the tradition republicans now. let's not forget eisenhower cut defense spending by 60% in his time in office, nixon
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